Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a heavy oval shaped fruit with a hard and thick outer skin, red inner flesh, and small black seeds. Some varieties come without the little seeds, which can be a nuisance when eating watermelon.
Health Benefits of Watermelon
- Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
- Increased Immune Function
- Reduced Cancer Risk
- Protection Against Heart Disease Watermelon is high in the carotenoid lycopene which is thought to be beneficial for preventing cancer.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Watermelon, and may not necessarily be related to Watermelon.
How to choose Watermelon
Watermelon can be picked by knocking on the outer skin and listening for a hollow sound.
Climate and origin
Watermelon is thought to have originated from the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. A fruit notorious for growing in hot climates with little water, watermelon is hearty and will grow almost anywhere warm.
Watermelon has a very sweet taste and mushy texture.
One of the most hybridized fruits, watermelons can be found with yellow or orange flesh, and even with a purple black skin. Although seedless varieties of watermelon exist, the seeds are edible and very high in iron.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Watermelon + Complete Nutrition FactsCarbohydrates | Vitamin A | Lycopene | Vitamin C | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
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